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Popular Lies About Graphic Design

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  198 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Multi award-winning designer, typographer and TED speaker, Craig Ward, presents his first self-authored book - Popular Lies About Graphic Design. An attempt to debunk the various misconceptions, half truths and, in some cases, outright lies which permeate the industry of design.

Lovingly designed and written both passionately and irreverently, Ward pulls from his ten years
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 21st 2013 by Actar (first published December 1st 2012)
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Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book annoyed me so much!!

I thought it might be somewhat helpful, and teach me something about my major, but it just went over the same lessons I've heard over and over from professors and advisors. Ward makes a simple point, and then goes on and on about it, basically saying the same thing 5 times over.

Besides the not-stellar writing, the design actually bothered me, which I was surprised about considering this is a book about graphic design... There is a very odd mix of page designs,
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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An OK read imo. Too bad the quality of the opinions aren't consistent. Some opinions are too obvious to be really interesting, while other aren't discussed thoroughly enough.

Major downside is the layout of the book. Quite a few opinion titles are totally unreadable, which is quite contradictory for a book about graphic design. Especially because the author explicitly discusses how GD can/should be about making messages more readable to people, and that you shouldn't just 'break the rules' unless
Melissa Frost
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
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I had a hard time believing what the designer was saying when I disliked the design of the book so much. First, the cover literally fell off the book (cmon Actar?) Every new topic / title page, i found myself going "wow, thats hideous / unreadable / totally corny" - and then yes, person who made that totally hideous / unreadable / totally corny thing, tell me your opinions on design ...? Useless. I read it just to get through it, but couldnt believe a word he said after making such an ugly ...more
Vuk Trifkovic
Too small, too flimsy. A few nuggets for a 1st year design student but nothing more than that.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a nice read. I’ve had some LOLs along the way. Mildly entertaining, mildly educational.
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is filled with many wise observations, many of which I agree with and a few not so much. My favorite section of the book explores the lie that PRINT IS DEAD, with this argument being the most sound: "You don't — and can't — fondly leaf through e-books in the same way you would a printed book just for the sake of it — they don't enable you to engage with information in the same, freeform way – and, conversely, if you drop a book, it doesn't lose all its contents or need backing up ...more
Jan 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Pretty decient read if you alrady have a pretty good knowledge base of graphic design to begin with. There's not a lot that's new here as one might expect, given the fact the book is about popular misconceptions about graphic design. Most of the topics are ones that most designers would have stumbled across at one point or another.

This being said it was a fairly interesting read that was specifically from the writers point of view. The layout made the reading that much more enjoyable which I
Celia Tam
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good book about graphic design, It told me thirty-five phenomenon the industry often happens, let me knew the case of graphic design works. And the book design was very interesting, in the middle part of the book with a fluorescent orange to made the book design, it's very attracted to me, while the lies about graphic design and image performance together, it's so the article was very interesting.

It’s a great way to remind you why you’re doing what you’re doing if you’re not in your dream
Kat Reyes
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Very straight forward and insightful opinions of things taught and accepted throughout the design industry. Designed very thoughtfully as well where the end of the book ends on the Print is Dead- lie chapter. Found Ward to be very clever, encouraging and truthful from personal and professional experiences. I would definitely recommend this to any designer/student at any point in their career.
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very quick but interesting read! I was delighted to realize I don't agree with all that is said in this book, because I think that was the point in the first place. I think the value of this book is the fact that you have to consider all the premises (or lies) in the book and, as a designer, have (or formulate on the spot) your own opinion on each of them. I always embrace debate about design and I think this book offers plenty of views on aspects of design to debate about.
Jeff Wyonch
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very good book on design, by an author that has strong opinions but a very quiet, simple style. He discusses many of the sacred cows of graphic design and presents a balanced view. This is all theory, with little technical discussion, and is all the better for it. Highly recommended.
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really fun refresher. It was laid out in similarity to rambling with a colleague over coffee. I would recommend this for designers that have the blues, or anyone curious about a career in Graphic Design.
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My favorite thing about this book is how the author makes some very bold remarks about the profession without professing that any of his claims are absolute truth. He is able to humbly give some great advice without compromising his arguments.
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of those books you can read very quickly but has lots of thinking points so it's good to read more than once or to skip around.
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A quick little design pick-me-up. I enjoyed a few ideas here and there but overall I was a little underwhelmed. Worth a quick look, but nothing groundbreaking.
Nov 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Wasted time, unless you are a newbie in the industry.
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